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Smith determined to secure result in Austin

'My only goal for the race is to make it to the finish after the crash in Qatar' - Bradley Smith
Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith overhauled Ben Spies to secure an 11th place start for the MotoGP of the Americas in Austin.

Smith improved his time from Friday by 1.2s in Q2 to lap in 2m 06.591s and has taken heart from the fact that has consistently increased his pace during practice and qualifying.

“It has been a really hard two days but in the end it turned out very well and I'm happy with my performance,” said Smith.

“Trying to understand the bike and the Bridgestone tyres around this incredibly technical circuit has not been an easy task but it is nice that I made it into QP2 and then pick up another place on the grid as well to start from 11th.

“At one stage it didn't even look like I'd make it through to the final qualifying so I'm happy.

“I improve each time I go out and to be honest going into QP1 was a benefit for me because it meant I got a few more laps under my belt to understand the track more.”

The MotoGP rookie said his goal for Sunday's race is to secure a finish after he crashed out in his full race debut at Losail in Qatar.

“My only goal for the race is to make it to the finish after the crash in Qatar.

“I need to gain experience over a race distance and while 21-laps here is going to be really tough, I am really looking forward to it.”

Smith's time was 0.304s faster than Spies in 12th position on the Pramac Ducati but 1.172s behind Nicky Hayden on the factory Desmosedici in tenth.



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oddymob - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 2:35 PM

I think Iannone and Smith did well today. Brand new track for them, new bikes and neither did anything silly. Going into Q1 was the correct thing for both as it allowed more track time, with the potential of more. we are talking about Rookies here, MM is a freak, plus had perhaps any additional 300 laps around here, and may well be classed as the GOAT in due course! To make any judgement on a rookie after 1 race and 1 QP / FP at a brand new track is completely insane. Get them on the european tracks, perhaps after Mugello then make a judgement call. Im pretty sure no one here would like to be judged by an employee after 1 week. Unless you stack shelves or do something completely non skill based and new enviro takes time to adapt to.

Danimal - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 1:23 PM

WOW, I never thought he would admit that he is totally overwhelmed and cannot handle one of the best bikes on the grid. He cannot possibly return next season if he continues to underperform, if Yamaha had no patience for Spies then what can Smith expect?



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